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Fruit Your Phone -Darryl Loman II I am the project manager for research at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator. My major is chemistry and have a minor in business administration. As I am the project manager for the

Phipps + Sustainability Monday, March 31 5 PM to 6 PM Spotts , Room 111 "Make Your Pitch" Workshop Tuesday, April 1st at 12:30 PM Location: ECB 206 Rock the Boat Registration Deadline: Friday, April 4th by 4:30 PM Rock the Boat Elimination Round: Thursday, April 10th at 7 PM Location: ECB 111 Social Media for Farmers April 23, 6:30-8:30 PM Location: ECB 203

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my chemistry knowledge. This research project will touch on the basis of electrochemistry; therefore, I will do an analysis on fruit and how much energy it can produce. Most fruits can generate enough current to charge any electronic device that connects to an USB cord from electrolysis. I will be using various fruits to test how much current they can supply when connected to a USB port to charge a phone. This experiment will test how long various fruits can charge a phone as well. It has already been proven that ripe fruits can produce enough currents to charge electronics, but there has not been any information on whether or not spoiled fruits can also produce enough currents to charge electronics. sell all of their fruits, and will provide other alternative uses for them. Farmers who grow fruit, not only for their personal use but for a living, may not be able to sell all of their products which then spoil and need to be thrown out. Some of their options before this would occur are dehydrating their fruit, making desserts, transforming them into bio plastics, and more. With the ability to charge electronic devices such as cellphones, this will provide farmers as well as consumers another alternative for old fruit. Finally, the use of fruit to produce electronic currents can also reduce the amount of electricity used for charging phones that connect to a USB port plugged into an outlet. This method of charging will be sustainable because not only does this method provide another use for old fruit in the farming community, but it reduces general electricity use, lowers electricity bills, and in a small way it lowers their carbon footprint.


Natural, Affordable Spring Cleaning -Austin Pitchok As spring and warmer weather approach it’s time to open the windows and do some spring cleaning to get rid of all the germs and dust that accumulated over winter. This year instead of using harmful commercial cleaning products and putting toxic chemicals into the air, try using natural cleaning remedies. Commercial household cleaners are not only expensive but most of them contain harmful ingredients that are bad not only for you but also the environment. So for your spring cleaning this year why not try something different and use natural cleaning products that you can make with ingredients found in your house. They are just as effective, cheaper to make and are less harmful to you and the environment.

Natural Cleaning Recipes All Purpose Cleaner

2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. Dawn dish soap 4 tbsp white vinegar 400 mL warm water

Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for optimal usage.

Dusting Spray

2 tsp. olive oil 1 tsp. lemon juice 1/4 cup white vinegar 1 cup warm water

Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for optimal usage.

Glass Cleaner

1 cup water 1/4 cup white vinegar 2 to 3 drops Dawn dish soap

Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for optimal usage.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1/4 cup baking soda 1 cup white vinegar 1/2 tsp. tea tree EO

Pour around sides of bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.

Grout Cleaner

1/2 cup baking soda 1/4 cup vinegar

Mix in a small, open container using a tooth brush, apply paste to grout. Allow to set for 5 minutes. Rinse off.

Tub Cleaner

1/2 cut grapefruit 1/4 cup kosher salt

Place salt directly on grapefruit half, then scrub the tub!


Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies! -Nicholas Tessier This is a recipe my mother likes to make for my brothers and I around Christmas, even though we could easily eat these cookies every single day! They are delicious, and only take about 15 minutes to complete (not including time taken for the cookies to set). The serving size varies, as it depends how large you make the cookies when putting them on the wax paper. My personal advice to truly send your taste buds on a thrill ride is to put them into the refrigerator for storage, after they have been set out and can hold their form. Enjoy!

Ingredients: 2 cups of sugar Ÿ cup margarine ½ cup of milk 1 cup of peanut butter 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 3 cups of dry oatmeal

Directions: 1. In a large saucepan or pot, mix sugar, margarine, and milk over medium heat. Allow the mixture to come to a rolling boil, all while continually mixing. 2. Once a rolling boil is reached, continue stirring constantly for one minute. 3. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract. Stir until the peanut butter is melted. 4. Stir in the oatmeal. 5. Now the tricky part, you must move quickly to drop the cookies by the spoonful (or however large you want the cookies to be) onto wax paper. This must be done as quickly as possible so that the mixture does not set within the pot/saucepan and the cookies can properly set. 6. Allow the cookies to cool down and set before consumption. As mentioned earlier, I personally enjoy having them refrigerated!


Community Works on Sustainability -Musiette Clay Recently, some of the residents of Slippery Rock held a community of Sustainability event called “Go Green in 2014.” These residents, better known as Sustainable Slippery Rock, are a community based networking group whom hope to raise awareness and encourage sustainability efforts of all kinds. Go Green in 2014, held on March 26, 2014, was one of three events that the sustainable Slippery Rock members will host this year. Becky Lubold, Green ’14 task member hosted the event held at Slippery Rock’s Township building. When I asked her about future events she stated, “The proposal was to have two more events this year; one is to focus on renewable and alternative energy, green design: construction and building materials. The second event is Sustainable Slippery Rock working with Marcellus Outreach Butler on their “Fossil Free Energy Fair” on June 21st at Slippery Rock University.” The fair is being co-sponsored by Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), located in Slippery Rock, PA and will be lead by Dr. John Golden and Dr. Rhonda Clark. The attendance for Going Green ’14 event turned out strong with several Exhibitors and Panelists from the community displaying their efforts in sustainability. The various exhibitors were: Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative, the Macoskey Center from SRU, Slippery Rock Community Farmer's Market at Rock Falls Park, Frankferd Farms, Accelerator. Panelists included: Amy Philson (Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative-cosponsors of event), T. Lyle Ferdeber (PASA and Frankferd Farms), Bob McCafferty (North Country Brewing Company), Fran Bires (Macoskey Center), and Nick Shorr (Neshannock Creek Soil Builders Cooperative, Pennsylvania Resources Council.) The panelists represented organizations/businesses that have strong connections to various aspects of the local food system, and were asked to explain their roles or connections, and to suggest how they might serve as resources for others. This event and those in the future are great ways that our communities can work together to help raise the awareness and hopefully spread the efforts to nearby cities. If interested, there will be a SSR meeting on Friday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist church building in Slippery Rock.


March 2014 Newsletter